Weekend before last I got my new ICON
progressive AAL's and all four Bilstein 5100's installed. WOW!! What a difference in the way my rig rides now. I live on a very rough road and used to get beaten to a pulp with the stock springs and shocks. Ride is much more controlled and smooth. Thanks for the great advice on the ICON progressives.
I started with the rear axle and quickly discovered that I needed an impact wrench to get the stock U-bolts loose in a reasonable amount of time. My impact wrench is in Alabama, so off to Ace Hardware I went and returned with the top-of-the-line Craftsman pneumatic impact wrench and a large set of metric impact sockets. Made quick work of that job and was very handy for the rest of the project. No problems installing the AAL's and rear shocks, except that I had to use a saws-all to cut off the top shock mounting stud due to salt rust.
For the front-end, I used the method I found on this site where I didn't have to use a spring compressor to get the struts apart and back together. Worked like a champ, once I got the sway bar removed, which was no problem with the new impact wrench. I measured after finishing the rear end and determined that I needed to set the front shocks for .85" lift, which would level out the truck perfectly with the new AAL's and rear shocks. Again, worked perfectly. Truck looks great with the slightly higher and level ride now. Took it to the alignment shop and they had to tweak the toe-in a little. Caster, camber and everything else was perfect, so marking everything before loosening worked like a champ also.
This is an awesome site. Thanks for all the good advice guys!!